Tuesday, September 20, 2005

So Rita is headed in our general direction. The good news is that the path isn't projected over Mississippi and that the Gulf is a little cooler than it was for Katrina and therefore less gasoline will be thrown on that fire.
However, most Hurricanes in the Gulf take a sharp turn east just before making landfall.
Regardless, Mike and I may be faced with an interesting choice: Do we stay again?
Mike has already declared his intentions to do so no matter what. (Although he may correct on that one later.)
I have plane tickets for a friend's wedding in Vermont this weekend. My flight leaves in the wee hours of Friday morning. Rita is supposed to make landfall either late Friday or early Saturday. I don't know if I could leave if another one hits here directly.

19 Comments:

Anonymous julie said...

Whatever you decide, please stay safe. this blog has been a tremendous gift and we appreciate your effort.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

a weekend away would probably do you good; it hopefully won't go that far east...but they're talking about it being another cat.4...haven't heard anything about cooler waters

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just wondering how long do you guys think you'll continue updating this blog? It seems like most media are drastically reducing the Katrina coverage now that some time has passed. It's what you normally see on the news..two weeks after a tradegy, you no longer hear anything.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous bobbi jo said...

just surfing around and found your blog. great reading. stay safe.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Susan Claydon said...

Josh
Take the weekend off. You could use Vermont and your friends will be anxious to 'see' you are really OK.
Finally able to get your photos in England!!!

11:58 PM  
Blogger 3 Cats & a Golden said...

Well, if you get evacuation orders, I'd listen to them. And maybe you can get away earlier to go to the wedding - just in case your flight gets canceled. Just my opinion. I have an aunt who lives in Lake Charles and they were packing up just in case. Anyway, I found your blog after posting to mine. Looks very interesting!

1:37 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Finnegan, CPA said...

Come to New England! Vermont is very pretty right now. Leaves are beginning to change in the most northern part of the state. Weather is cool and comfortable. I imagine you could use the break also.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Well. What more can you lose? Your apartment has been poofed.. some of your stuff messed up, etc. If your friends don't mind you staying up in Vermont and your career isn't in danger (and it shouldn't be - by staying for Katrina you went beyond the call of journalist duty) then go. This won't be another direct hit - it'll be some rain.. some wind.. a few storms. Isn't that the summer in the South anyway?

You need a bit of stability.. a little forgetfulness and a little drunken revelry in my opinion. Your job has been incredibly stressful - you had to cope with basic survival, the loss of your own stuff and then had to document the loss of others. It can drain you. Let everything go for the weekend and relax. Otherwise you risk having major burnout while living in a place where there's no real escape to recuperate.

Anyway that's just my two cents.

7:08 AM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

It's amazing when you go back and read your first post before Katrina...to where you are now...when the posts stop, you will be greatly missed. with the way the media is covering everywhere but Biloxi, you have been my eyes to my brother and sister in law. thanks so much!

8:38 AM  
Blogger HeidiTFM said...

I have been reading your posts and viewing your pictures for weeks, and they always make me cry. I'm safe and sound on the Jersey Shore, and I feel much more connected with the events of the past few weeks whenever I visit your blog. I am also a journalist of sorts (I edit a trade magazine for people who design and manage commercial buildings), and I have so much respect for the work you've done.

Just thought I'd contribute my two cents...

P.S.-Laforet's photos are incredible.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Greeting from South Florida! My advice...get the hell out!

9:30 AM  
Blogger gilbert said...

its a damn category 5 now...

3:43 PM  
Blogger Pitch said...

I appreciate your blog. I followed Katrina from east of Florida and now Rita. I've got family out on the Gulf - the water - now and haven't heard from them. I can only assume all is well until I hear otherwise.

Enjoy Vermont, Josh.

Mike, see if you can get a ticket with Josh. Who cares if you don't know anyone in Vermont. I hear it's nice this time of year.

9:16 PM  
Blogger gingerivers said...

It would be horrible for this region to have to suffer again through another storm. Pray it doesn't happen.

9:21 AM  
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